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Frequently Asked Questions

We try to anticipate questions you might have about the Vigilant Trails Pocket / Survival Fishing Kit and provide the answers here. If you need additional information, please send us a note using any of the "Contact Us" forms on our website and/or send an email to: info@vigilant-trails.com. 



Is the Vigilant Trails Pocket / Survival Fishing Kit legal to use?

It's always best to first check with your Local, State and Federal Department of Wildlife representatives for a definitive answer.

California, possessing some of the strictest game regulations in the nation allows "hand line" fishing according to 2013-2014 California Freshwater Sportfishing Regulations: Chapter 2. Article 1. FISHING METHODS AND GEAR RESTRICTIONS. 2.00 FISHING METHODS -- General. (a) Except as otherwise authorized, all fish may be taken only by angling with one closely attended rod and line or hand line with not more than 3 hooks nor more than 3 artificial lures attached thereto ... Please visit: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ for additional information.


What are the measurments of the Vigilant Trails Pocket / Survival  Fishing Kit?

The Vigilant Trails Hand Line Winder measures 4 inches X 3.25 inches. The heavy duty (4mil thick) plastic contents bag measures 7 inches X 4 inches. The complete kit weighs approx. 4.5 oz. 

The small size makes it very portable, while providing all the essentials to successfully land fish. 


How do you use the Vigilant Trails Pocket / Survival Fishing Kit?  

In survival situations, it's more likely you will encounter small streams, brooks, creeks, rivers and ponds. To use in these environments, unwind the fishing line based upon how far you intend to cast, use a swinging motion and release. With minimal practice, you will soon be able to accurately cast. To retrieve, simply wind the fishing line on the hand line winder. 

We aren't advocating abandoning the traditional rod and reel. The Vigilant Trails Pocket / Survival Fishing Kit is just another method to successfully catch fish.

Those concerned about weight (backpackers), or those looking for a compact fishing kit, either as a stand alone device or to augment current disaster and survival preparations will appreciate its small size and functionality.